Keeping it Wild

An inclusive social action project providing opportunities for young people to engage in conservation

Keeping it Wild is a new programme funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund that brings the youth and conservation sectors together to provide exciting opportunities for young people to engage with and protect the capital’s wild spaces.

London Youth has joined a consortium of organisations led by London Wildlife Trust to deliver a three year programme that will inspire hundreds of young people to visit London Wildlife Trust sites and then take part in social action projects to raise awareness and take practical action to protect wildlife in their own communities.

How does it work?

London Youth is working with its members who will each work with groups of young people who traditionally are not engaged in conversation or heritage work. Keeping it Wild will take groups of young people aged between 11 and 25 through progressive stages, challenging them to further their skills at each stage:

1. Discover – young people and youth workers will take part in ‘Wild Action Days’ – held at London Wildlife Trust sites – to introduce them to their local wild species and habitats and give them a taste of urban conservation. They will also run an activity that will help them to bond as a team before progressing to deliver their own social action projects.

Wild Action Day in Sydenham Hill Wood

“I think that the group would probably rank the Wild Action Day in their top two most enjoyed days out with the club.” Youth Worker, Lewisham Irish Community Centre

2. Explore – the team of young people will explore local green spaces and begin to develop a project idea around conservation.

3. Share – the young people will pitch their idea to a panel at an exciting London venue to receive resources and support. They will also learn more about communication and media through training and creating their own content.

4. Conserve – young people will then be supported to deliver their own social action project that has a positive impact on the community and their local green space.

As they develop their own social action projects throughout the programme, young people will gain vital skills such as team work, budgeting, public speaking and well as building their confidence in working on environmental issues.

What else is involved?

An additional offer as part of Keeping it Wild is the opportunity to gain a John Muir Award from the John Muir Trust to help structure young people’s learning about nature as well as receive journalism training with Headliners to document their experiences whilst working on their projects.

I’m a London Youth member, how can I get involved?

We are currently recruiting for organisations to take part in this programme across London. If you’d like to register your interest in taking part or would like to learn more about the project, contact Cassie Doerfler – Cassie.Doerfler@londonyouth.org

To find out about the wider opportunities of Keeping it Wild please visit London Wildlife Trust’s site.

Keeping it Wild is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund